There may not be a gym in Lincoln Dominique Kelley hasn't played in. Starting on Thursday, she'll visit the various venues across the capital city as a head coach.
Kelley enters her first season at Lincoln High with the enthusiasm and passion that made her popular as a player. Kelley was an All-State performer at Lincoln Northeast before starring at Nebraska. The former Husker was a four-year starter that helped the Big Red reach the Sweet 16 in 2010.
After playing at Nebraska, Kelley began her coaching career. First, she was a graduate assistant at her alma mater. Then, she spent more than two years on the coaching staff at Drake. While in Des Moines, Kelley said she felt a need to return to her roots.
Kelley was hired by the Links after being contacted by the school multiple times. As a Northeast grad, she discussed the position with the Rockets administration before accepting the job.
"Northeast was unbelievably supportive," Kelley said. "I had their blessing."
Kelley inherits a Lincoln High program on the rise. The Links won a district championship last season and many key players return.
"When I was presented with this opportunity, everything about it just felt right," Kelley said.